There are big bucks that can be spent organizing a kitchen
Lazy susans, pan dividers, spice rack, slim toaster, shelving, stools, baskets, hooks, collapsable containers…..you get the idea.
But I have a freebie that is proving to be great for space-saving storage!
Sam’s Club parmesan cheese.
Yep, Sam’s Club parmesan cheese is the key to my space-saving tip. That and orange oil.
Orange oil is amazing stuff for another post! And it is worth every penny. I’ve had mine for years and bought it from a garden supply store in Texas. But you can buy it here from Amazon if you can’t find it locally.
For the containers, let me explain that I sorta have issues with throwing containers away that I think might be useful *someday*. I have a bunch of similar-sized containers from buying real parmesan, cashews, & cocoa almonds over the years.
Years of saving those plastic containers look to have worked out in my favor though.
The original labels are stuck on in a heavy-duty sorta way! So you need to get those off.
15 of the 18 containers I had, had the labels. (I told you I have issues) And those labels were driving my OCD bonkers.
So while my mom was here the other day I
conned her into asked her to help me get the labels off. And she did!
What a chore!
There are all sorts of ways to remove the pesky labels, which you can find on Google.
Here’s our method. Because you know, we’re pros and all.
- Soak the labeled side in warm water.
- Peel off as much paper as you can with a razor or by scraping with your nail or a scrub brush.
- Use orange oil and a rag to rub the remaining stubborn glue off.
- Wash the oil off with soapy water.
Not rocket science by any means, but it worked.
I know it’s a process. But since they were the space-saving square shape and repurposed I couldn’t help myself.
And they were free.
I can fit 9 of these in one drawer with a very small amount of unused space.
When life settles down, I’d like to print some labels and mod-podge them to the lids. But at least for now, we have better food storage for free.